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Gene Kelly Collection (Singin' in the Rain / An American in Paris / On the Town / Anatomy of a Dancer)

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Hollywood's greatest dancer in four stand-out features. An American in Paris; Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer; On the Town; Singin' in the RainFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: MUSICALS/MUSICALS UPC: 085392666027

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The Gene Kelly Collection is an unbeatable selection of DVDs showcasing the marvelous Gene Kelly, the Pittsburgh kid whose ballet shoes burst with muscle and ambition. Singin' in the Rain (1952) is everybody's favorite musical, a sarcastic spoof of the early days of talking pictures directed by Kelly and longtime collaborator Stanley Donen. (Ah, the joys of DVD: to be able to zap into the blissful title number or Donald O'Connor's "Make 'Em Laugh" at the touch of a button. Plus, the 2002 special edition is exceptional.) An American in Paris (1951), a dream project for Kelly and director Vincente Minnelli, is at its best in its glorious Gershwin numbers. Kelly's lengthy fantasy ballet, drenched in all the Technicolor MGM could muster, may have you thinking that this, after all, is why movies were invented.

Kelly and Donen forced MGM to let them shoot on location in New York for the exteriors of On the Town (1949), the movie that took musicals into the open air (and remained Kelly's favorite of his films). The spirited dancing and the wisecracking Comden-Green script make this an ebullient tale of three sailors on a 24-hour leave. The choreography plays multiple variations on the triangular team of Kelly, Jules Munshin, and a still-gawky Frank Sinatra. Finally, Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) is a terrific American Masters documentary, with oodles of superbly chosen (mint condition) film clips and interviews with many of Kelly's friends and colleagues. The emphasis is on how Kelly changed the image of the male dancer, complementing the aristocratic Fred Astaire with a more blue-collar, regular-Joe approach. It's an unblinking portrait, acknowledging the taskmaster behind the pearly grin. Those revelations make perfect sense when you see the astonishing dances: how could anyone this great not be a perfectionist? --Robert Horton


Special Features

  • Includes Singin' in the Rain (Special Edition), An American in Paris, On the Town, and Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

Product Details

  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Gene Kelly, Robert Trachtenberg, Stanley Donen, Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Alan Jay Lerner, Jerome Robbins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JMSZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gene Kelly Collection (Singin' in the Rain / An American in Paris / On the Town / Anatomy of a Dancer)" on IMDb

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This is a superb collection of films by that great master of the dance; Gene Kelly. Words can't express how enjoyable these three musicals are! The documentary is a tasteful, insightful, entertaining, and informative study of the man and his career. Don't underestimate the power of a quintessential performer in a classic musical. What a glorious combination!
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This is a superb collection of films by that great master of the dance; Gene Kelly. Words can't express how enjoyable these three musicals are! The documentary is a tasteful, insightful, entertaining, and informative study of the man and his career. Don't underestimate the power of a quintessential performer in a classic musical. What a glorious combination!
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For all Gene Kelly lovers, this is a great collection to watch and own. He is one of the two masters of the dance/musical genre (Fred Astaire being the other). The dance sequence in "Singing in the Rain" gives me goosebumps everytime I watch it. They don't make 'em like that anymore. Also the documentary On the Town/Anatomy of a Dancer was very interesting. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
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I grew up with Gene Kelly performances and so this box set is wonderful. "Singin' on the Rain" is one of his classics, as well as one of his best performances. "On the Town" and "An American in Paris" are suberb too, highlighting Kelly's different strengths. I especially liked "Anatomy of a Dancer" though because it shed light on Kelly's life that I did not know. As such I grew to respect him and his work even more. I highly recommend it for Gene Kelly followers and musical lovers alike!
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The sound track for "On The Town" didn't work at all. The sound track for the other two was very uneven. Too loud, then too soft. Apparently it was still at theater levels. That should be easily repaired.

These wonderful movies are worth a re-do.
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This is the first set or actually any movie from Gene Kelly I have ever seen and what surprised me was how enjoyable it was. The biggest reason I guess I like this set so much is the fact I say to myself that "they don't make them like that anymore" when I watch them. Even though they are older films they are still very enjoyable and found myself liking the way the films were shot and I would have to say my favorite is between On the Town and Singin in the rain. I know a lot of people love these films and I really didn't get them for me but for my kids for Christmas. Though they are young kids I hope they will enjoy watching them as well and I have a good feeling they will. My almost two year old daughter was watching it with me the other day and as she watched them dance I could see her little toes in her sleeper moving back and forth. My almost four year old already gets a kick out of seeing people dancing in movies. They don't really care much for the story but that's o.k. considering their ages but if they are like their mom they will enjoy musicals. Overall though I really don't like musicals that much but I am very happy with this purchase of these classic Gene Kelly flicks.
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Singin' in the Rain is the excellent 2002 transfer. Bonus materials include a fine full-length documentary on MGM's Freed Unit; this is a must-see for all musical fans. For my money though the keepers here are the extensive clips of original film appearances of all these great songs. All pale in comparison to the SITR versions (though Andy Rooney and Judy Garland do an energetic version of Good Mornin') but offer a nice overview of film-musical history.
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This item has all of the movies that prove Gene Kelly's ability to dance and sing. A quadro of fun with On the Town, An American in Paris, Snigin in the Rain, and an Anatomy of dancer will keep you entertained and smiling for weeks. Each DVD has a quality picture and sound.
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